Dad shoots tot in 'murder suicide' after making 'kill list' of partner's relatives

By William Walker & Leigh Mcmanus & Chloe Burrell

A man who shot dead his three-year-old tot before turning the gun on himself had composed a "hit list" of his partner's relatives, police understand.

Derek Thebo, 32, is reported to have told his wife Katie that he would kill her and her children according to a Police Protection Order (PPO) filed in Michigan, US.

He would also make a "death threat" every time the couple had an argument and, harrowingly, would list off the names of Katie's family members alongside personal details in an aggressive manner, the Daily Star reports.

In court documents seen by the news network Fox 17, Katie wrote: "He threatened to kill me, my children, and my family, and to commit suicide afterward.

Dylan's mum has now launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the costs of her son's funeral (Fox 17)

"He rattled off the names of my family members and said he knew where they worked, he knew when they were home, and that he could get to them and hurt them."

The bodies of Derek and Dylan were discovered at their home in Lowell Township, Michigan, on Wednesday September 1 by Kent County officers.

Thebo was going through a divorce and child custody battle.

He was described as a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde character and recalling a gift received on Mother's Day she said he included a chilling message.

Words written on a gift said "you will be my last" she claimed. Katie said that he would also threaten that he’d save her children “for last.”

The bodies of Derek and Dylan were discovered at their home in Lowell Township, Michigan, on September 1 (Fox 17)

He was said to have denied the threatening messages before his death, and stated there was nothing he loved more than his son.

The publication reports that Thebo was a corrections officer for the state of Michigan but was fired in 2019.

Dylan's mum has now launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the costs of her son's funeral.

She paid tribute to him on the fundraising page and described him as "an amazing kiddo who was full of energy, loved being around family and friends, and always brought a smile to everyone's face with his crazy antics and sayings."

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